HINT: If you think an update may have been posted but you can't see it, press and hold CTRL whilst clicking Refresh to clear the cache. You may have to do this once or twice on each page.
TIP: If you want to download all the maps for a storm then save time by going to the download page and downloading the Google Earth zip file which contains all the maps, rather than clicking and saving individual maps on the maps page.
Note: These instructions are only for those that wish to make use of Google Earth to track storms. For others, there is still plenty of storm info on the site, both current and historic. Just follow the tracking and maps links in the top table. The tracking page has a Google Earth captured image which displays the current plotted track. The maps page has all the NHC prediction maps, and each one can be downloaded by clicking and saving.This site allows tracking of Tropical Cyclones ( Hurricanes and Tropical Storms ) using the Google Earth Globe. For those of you that are not familiar with Google Earth Globe, and I'm sure there can't be many now, Google Earth Globe is a software application written by Google developers that provides the user with a graphical representation of the earth in 3D. This 3D world can be zoomed, rotated and tilted using the mouse and on-screen controls.
The National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Florida produce 5 day Hurricane Prediction Paths every six hours. These maps can be superimposed on Google Earth by means of a Google Earth overlay file (.kml). The overlay files are compiled on this site and stored in .zip archive format together with the NHC maps and can be found on the download page. Close this window then follow the links on the left of the main page to download the archive.
Open the archive and read the GoogleEarthReadMe text file that describes where to put the maps and the .kml overlay file. If you do not already have Google Earth installed on your machine then there is a direct link on the download page to the Google Earth site where it can be obtained.
Once you have completed the process you will be able to start Google Earth. The easiest way is to just double-click on the .kml file. When Google Earth has opened and contacted the Google Earth site you will be able to open the kml folder in the left pane. Open the plot folder and follow the track of the hurricane by double-clicking on any of the positions. You will be able to zoom into and out of the area and move around the area to examine points of interest such as the landfall point, the nearest towns and other interesting topographical features, all in 3D. Zoom right into any of the plotted track points and you will be taken to the associated NHC map which displays the predicted path of the hurricane that they produced at the time.